Sometimes, more than I’d like to admit, when I write a blog post, in the back of my mind, I’m wanting y’all to agree that I’ve done the right thing but I also know that I can write an entire post painting a rosy picture of how I justify bad behavior. Because it isn’t really BAD behavior, it doesn’t matter. OK . . that’s Step 1 of justifying bad behavior. It wasn’t terrible. It could have been worse! 🙂
Step 2 of Justifying Bad Behavior: I have been really good, at least for me, about staying on track and getting projects finished. Maybe it was just once but it was still pretty good. What would it hurt to start a new project?
Step 3 of Justifying Bad Behavior: I’ve spent five days mostly working on a project with all black stitching. I need color! Forget that I have a dozen other projects already started that have plenty of color!
Step 4 of Justifying Bad Behavior: We set our clocks back — actually our clocks set themselves back . . all except for the wall oven and it gets replaced in one week . . the new one is in . . and since we got an extra hour, how could I pass up not starting a new project?
The best justification is that I saw this project in the new issue of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher magazine and I could not stop thinking about it. That would be the Winter-Christmas 2022 issue. I get the digital version and last night I went to bed looking at the magazine and when I came across Deck the Halls by Liz Matthews, I almost got out of bed and went looking for linen and floss. I didn’t!
This morning when I got up, I told myself that I had to finish the second motif on Love Gains before I could even thinking about starting something new. I finished the second motif and started on the third . . just to prove that I do have a bit of self discipline.
I changed the floss colors a bit. First, all the called for floss is Weeks Dye Works. The black is Kohl or DMC 310. That’s really black. I wanted to use Onyx. It looks like black, sometimes more than other times, but it’s really a blackish green. The called for greens were Juniper and Lily Pad but Juniper almost blended with Onyx because the Onyx I have is greener than some I’ve used. I ended up pulling two Victorian Motto greens. The darker one is Jalapeno Pepper, and since I love jalapeno peppers, that was kinda perfect. The lighter one is Wilderness Trail. Whiskey and Lancaster red are called for colors.
The linen I’m using is 40 count Platina by Tropical Stitches. The stitched area will be 3-1/2″ x 4-1/4″. That’s a good size for a little pillow but I think I might want this framed. I’ll figure that all out when I’m done stitching it.